West-ward Ho (ho ho): Off to Texas

It was almost eleven years to the day in December 2003 when upon redeployment from Iraq, I loaded up our Chevy Suburban and a 6×12 U-Haul trailer.

We were departing Ft. Hood Texas for Plantation, Florida so our girls could start school in a new semester — and Angela could continue her career as a financial advisor. I reflected upon that trip during the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America in May. We came down I-35 to Hwy 190 to Houston and hit I-10 then down to the Florida turnpike. We found our way to Sunrise Blvd and headed west to Nob Hill Road and what would become our home in the subdivision called Fountain Springs.

We arrived around 2 am and boy, was I beat — and thus began the longest period of time the West family hunkered down in one location.

And so it is that today I will load up a Jeep Cherokee Overland and another 6×12 U-Haul trailer heading back to Texas to assume the position of CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. Aubrey, now a 21-year-old college senior will ride with Dad while Austen, an 18-year-old high school senior will fly out with Mom on Christmas morning. Yep, bummer, Angela and I will spend our 25th anniversary apart — but hey, she’s getting a really nice house in Dallas.

So, eleven years here in South Florida, no regrets, and there are so many great lifelong friends we’ve made. It was the place where our girls grew up and yes, we’ll be keeping the home in Fountain Springs – that’s how you build a legacy for your children.

As I reflect upon all those whom we have met, there are two who stand above the rest — Pastors Scott Eynon and Mark Hattabaugh of Community Christian and The Pentecostals. Community Christian is our home church and shall forever be so. Pastor Hattabaugh has been a great spiritual mentor for our family and exposed our girls to several mission trips. There have been so many great individuals we’ve met here, but these two have gone above and beyond in their prayers of protection for our family.

The congregation at Community Christian is a family unlike any other and when you enter the sanctuary there’s a big banner stating, “No perfect people allowed.” I’ve shared many of Pastor Scott’s sermons here and he is without a doubt one of the most astute preachers of God’s word — a funny guy, and oh yeah, a serious Miami Dolphins fan!

As many of us sit and pray for the three fallen law enforcement officers from this week, I must give a serious shout out to the South Florida law enforcement officers I’ve come to know — and those who stand by their side. Bandit 6, Brendan, and Vince you guys take care. Boca Bevy, I’ll miss ya. And to the editor of this website whom I met on a SCUBA dive at South Florida Dive Headquarters in Pompano Beach — well, thanks!

However, in heading back to Texas, I’ll be reunited with my best friend of 27 years, Simeon Terry and his wife Alma. I was best man in Simeon’s wedding back in Manhattan, Kansas. Simeon and Angela are both undergrad alums at Kansas State — I came later for a Masters degree. We are looking forward to being a part of the Dallas community and my first in-studio local interview will be the day after Christmas. Pastor Scott is going to recommend a church for our family and we’re excited about finding a new church home.

So, I’ll be off the grid for the next few days until the day after Christmas. If any of you are out and see a 2011 Jeep Cherokee Overland midnight blue with Florida “Paratrooper” license plate and 1st Infantry, 4th Infantry, and 82 Airborne bumper stickers, yep, that’s me heading to Dallas.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thanks for all your support for this website.

And remember that the greatest gift we all get is the gift of the birth of Jesus Christ and the next best gift comes from the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who safeguard our liberties and freedoms — along with those men and women of the Thin Blue Line who keep our neighborhoods safe.

I’ll leave you all with the words of the original Tennessee Volunteer, Davy Crockett, who upon losing his Congressional reelection stated, “You all can go to hell, I’m going to Texas.”

I hope to see you in the Lone Star state.


    • “you’re a great asset wherever you”
      -Couldn’t agree with you more on that comment. Col West may be moving to another state but his loyalty remains with America.

  1. Best wishes. I only regret that you didn’t take up our offer to come to South Carolina and run against Grahamnesty. Texas will work though.

  2. Welcome Col. West, hope you have the motorcycle in that uhaul someplace because we love to ride here. Hope Fellowship in Frisco is a great church also.

  3. We lived in Dallas for 3 years and loved it. Florida’s loss will benefit the country! We will loan you to TX for awhile and then you can run for President!!! Thanks for your service and for all you do.

  4. Oh. So happy to hear you have decided to come back to God’s Country! That’s another thing Texas can boast! Welcome sir, we need all the help we can get keeping the left wing riffraff from taking over! Safe trip!

  5. Texas is a big state and still has plenty of room for those such as Allen West who are committed to protecting and defending the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. May God bless him and his family and may they have a Merry Christmas.

  6. Well, I thought about retiring in Florida with you but I guess now I’ll have to find a place in Dallas Texas. I wish you would make up your mind where you’re going to live…LOL. Keep in mind summers really suck in Texas. How about North Carolina?

    • He spent summers in South Florida. I know those summers, he was Congressman in my district when I lived there in Abacoa in Jupiter, District 22. I was sad to leave, but beyond ecstatic to learn he was moving here, again, we’re in the same town. It was meant to be. And the summers here in the DFW metroplex are much easier to take than the brutal humidity, the daily squalls out of nowhere, it felt like a boiling wet blanket dropping on you out there. It’s dry heat compared to Florida, a cool breeze.

  7. I used to live near Sunrise Blvd growing up. Wishing you all the best of success in your new home, Colonel West. I’m rooting for you all the way. Whatever path, Gd chooses for you, I know that you will shine! Best wishes.

  8. Allen West,
    Thank you for coming back to Texas, sir. We need all of the good people we can get. Too many move in from the nanny states, illegals crossing the border and Obama’s muslim refugees are starting to flood the great state of TX.
    May God bless you and your family, and have a very safe trip. Merry Christmas also!

  9. So wonderful. Texas now seems to truly be the leader of the free world. I am so excited to begin the year with Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and now, ALLEN WEST!!!

  10. God speed, Texas just gained another valuable asset in you and your family. New beginnings are always a blessing when it is for the right reason. Holiday blessings, unpack and come back!!

  11. So, first goal: run and win Texas Governor election! Then, run for US presidency!! I’ll be voting for you, that’s for sure! I welcome you and your lovely family to Texas and hope I get to hear you speak sometime. God bless you and have a peaceful and joyful Christmas.

    • First goal?? The man can never run for public office AGAIN! This BLOG has made sure of that! All the racism that he encourages make it so that his only job with be at a THINK THANK and we know how things are changed by being in a THINK TANK….HAHAHHAHAHAHAH

  12. Welcome to the Lone Star State Colonel West!! Amazing to have two of my favorite political figures and patriots (you and Senator Cruz) as fellow Texans!! Safe travels sir and welcome!

  13. I have a good friend in the Miami area that was airborne and has always said you were a straight shooter and one to be trusted.
    Florida’s gain and loss, a clear gain for the great country of Texas.

  14. OH…and ALLEN don’t drive through the wrong part of texas….you will be seen as a BLACK MAN no matter how WHITE you are trying to be!!

      • GREAT DIVIDED?? No divide…that is FACT! There are parts of TEXAS that wasn’t meant for black people to be in!

      • There’s parts of Texas that is not meant for whites.3rd ward and fifth ward.in downtown Houston come to mind.

      • There are places EVERYWHERE that are going to feed back the same hateful vitriol you dish out. Still, it’d be hard pressed for you to find it here. I feel sorry for people stuck with that thinking problem. You’re getting in your own way and creating the reality you want to believe, even though it’s untrue. It’s all up to you.

    • You’ve never been to Texas, no doubt. You should, it would make you glad to be wrong. We see character, and Allen West is one of America’s best of all the rest. Texas Loves the man, the Patriot, the straight up honest, politically incorrect man – Steadfast and Loyal //(-_-)


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